Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Katrina@10: UNO Midlo Center Hosts Post-Katrina Storytellers' Panel Talk
at Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

The University of New Orleans Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies partners with the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival next month to revisit Hurricane Katrina. Reporters and storytellers will reflect on their responsibilities and share perspectives on the city 10 years after the crushing storm. The panel talk is funded in part by a recent bequest by late alumnus Carl Muckley, Jr. to the UNO Department of History.

Join Us!

The UNO Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies hosts a panel talk, entitled "Storm and Storyteller: Ten Years, Two Writers and a Photographer Revisit Katrina," at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.

The talk runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th in the Queen Anne ballroom of the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street. 

Festival passes accepted.

The Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies promotes understanding of New Orleans history, politics, culture and public policy issues, particularly civil rights, sponsoring and participating in events that bring together scholars on special topics relating to New Orleans. The Center helps direct scholars to research material about New Orleans, serving as an institutional home for scholars who collect and preserve the history of the city, and who circulate their findings in lectures, publications, performances, exhibits, and documentaries.

In late March, the Midlo Center sponsors a panel presentation at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, said Connie Zeanah Atkinson, director. In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the panel, entitled “Storm and Storyteller, Ten Years On: Two Writers and a Photographer Revisit Katrina, brings together “three of the storm’s most eloquent narrators.

Dan Baum, author of Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans; Cheryl Wagner, author of Plenty Enough Suck to Go Around: A Memoir of Floods, Fires, Parades, and Plywood, and photographer Ted Jackson, who compiled his work in a book entitled Hurricane Katrina Then and Now, will reflect on their Katrina work, consider the responsibilities of journalists and writers in such crises — both as reporters and as storytellers — and share their perspectives on the city of New Orleans ten years after the storm.

Reporter, writer, and New Orleans native Lolis Eric Elie, most recently of HBO's "Treme,” will moderate the discussion.

The same day, the festival will feature a panel on historic kidnapping cases and Retired U.S. Army Gen. Russell Honore, commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast, will speak in the late afternoon. 

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